Create an outdoor Space for Spring entertaining

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With spring just around the corner, now is the time to think about utilizing your outdoor space. If you have a deck or a patio, it can easily extend the entertaining space in your home, for those balmy summer evenings. If you are in the process of building a deck or a patio, here are five easy tips to make the most of your outdoor space. Don’t forget to share your designs!

Seating plan

Planning the seating arrangement is probably the most important aspect of creating an outdoor space. Depending upon the amount of space you have, ideally you should create a variety of seating options. Choose comfortable options like benches, chairs and stools. These should be easy to move around so your guests can make themselves comfortable and are not forced to sit in a fixed spot.

Add some comfort

Cushions and pillows made from outdoor fabrics are a great choice to place on stools, benches and chairs. Outdoor fabrics are usually made from fabric that can stand harsh weather conditions. They will not fade in the sun and will dry quickly if left out in the rain. If your patio, yard or deck is not covered, invest in a sun umbrella to make the best of the outdoor space. You can also install and outdoor fireplace or a fire pit to extend the time you can spend outside.

Make it visually appealing

If you want the outdoor space to be used well, make it visually appealing. It should be inviting enough for people to want to sit outside. Add focal points like a beautiful wood or stone sculpture. Add a hard-wearing rug to draw attention to the outdoor area. Place a barbeque outside and make sure it is sparkling clean at all times. Paint is a great tool for adding pep and cheer. Paint your old furniture like benches, chairs and tables in a bright bold color.

Green the outdoor

Plants are an important part of the outdoor space. Use decorative planters to add color and pattern to your outdoors. Use hanging baskets for spring-summer blooms that will make your space cheerful and inviting. Tall plants also act as screens to shield the view of your space and make it feel more private. Green is a soothing color and the guest will feel much more relaxed in an environment that is visually green.

Connect the outdoors with the indoors

To make the best of your outdoor space, remember that it should be an extension of your indoor space. This simply means that if you are someone who loves entertaining, you should build your deck or patio adjacent to the living or dining room. Install doors that open up into the outdoor space so you can seamlessly extend the entertaining area. It is best to cover the outdoor space with awning or pergola so you can save the outdoor furniture from the natural elements and extend the time you spend outdoors without leaving the comfort of your home.

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